Lancaster’s ‘Potato Day’ once again falls on the last Saturday in January (this year on January 25th) at the Friends Meeting House – the building next to the train station.

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From 11am to 3pm Potato Day’s doors will be open to all, with free entry and a range of activities to entice you to stay, including the Global Village Cafe, discussions/ workshops and a seed swap.

Transition City Lancaster runs the day every year on a ‘not for profit’ basis. The aim of the event is simply to bring people together and to get more food grown locally.

This year there will be over 30 different varieties of organic seed potatoes for sale. They will be sold loose so you could buy just a couple to plant in a bucket in your backyard, or else buy enough to grow an allotment full of potatoes.

In addition to the seed potatoes, there will be a range of stalls focused on local food, growing and environmental campaigns.

You don’t even need a garden to grow as there are community food growing projects such as Claver Hill where you can join with others and make new friends while growing great fresh veggies. So come along and find out more.

Lancaster seed library will be bringing a range of seed to share and swap whilst also answering your seed saving questions. So bring along questions, seed you have saved or perhaps excess that you have bought, to donate and exchange.

There will also be people available who can give plenty of tips on how to get the best from your tatties or other veg. The Claver Hill folk can give advice on no dig growing for example, and from 2-3pm Rod Everett of Backsbottom Farm will run a discussion on ‘resilient food’ – exploring the choices we can make in terms of what we eat and how we grow that can support a more resilient food system. From 1-2pm Gail Capstick from Transition City Lancaster will also be talking about ‘changing the carbon footprint of death and dying’.

The Global Village Café will be serving delicious potato based meals, hot drinks and snacks throughout the event. For the second year running this exciting venture will serve dishes inspired by its staff and members cultures, and so potatoes will appear in some international cuisines as well as some old favorites.

Potato Day has become a Lancaster tradition that always attracts a great collection of people. Everyone is welcome, even those who don’t like tatties.

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